Amba Sayal-Bennett

Born in 1991, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK

Amba Sayal-Bennett’s work engages with the affective potentials of everyday life. The ordinary can be understood as a shifting assemblage of things that happen and are felt in impulses, encounters and habits of relating. These things that happen are intensive and immanent, and evade meaning and representation. Sayal-Bennett is interested in how one’s material environment can be encountered as a ‘live surface’ and her work engages with the sensations and textures through which ordinary life is experienced. It is this dislodging, or freeing of sensation from natural referents that she explores within the work in this show, principally through the de-contextualization, translation, and restaging of affective experiences.


2014 – 2018 PhD, Art Practice & Learning, Goldsmiths, UK
2012 – 2013 MA, History of Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK
2009 – 2012 BFA, Fine Art, Oxford University, UK

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

The Box, Pippi Houldsworth Gallery, London
Plane Maker, Carbon 12, Dubai

“Parallel Vienna”, Lundgren Gallery, Vienna
“Diffraction Metis”, Yve Yang Gallery, Boston
“Deft Nodes”, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca
“Broad Bath”, ASC Gallery, London
“Parallax”, CAL: Centre for Arts and Learning, Goldsmiths, London
“Users and Borrowers and Keepers”, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca
“Projections”, The Project Space, Oxford

Group Exhibitions (selected)

“Crazy Talk”, Cypher Billboard (February), London
“ROYGBIV”, Kate Werble Gallery, New York
“Pictures of Nothing”, PG Art Gallery, Istanbul
“Meaningful Vision”, Pembroke College, Oxford
“Backdrop: London”, ASC Gallery, London
“As You Can See”, Exhibit 320, Delhi
“Backdrop: Berlin”, Wilsnacker Strasse, Berlin
“Mind Out”, A.P.T. Gallery, London
“UK/raine: Emerging Artists From the UK and Ukraine”, Saatchi Gallery, London “Xenotpoia”, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, UK
“Avant-Craft”, Pal Zileri, London
“Twentieth”, A.P.T. Gallery, London
“Mineshaft”, WW2 Bunker, London
“Old Rope”, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
“Artworks Open”, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London
“English Breakfast”, Rizzordi Loft, St. Petersburg
“Morphol Scowl”, Piccadilly Place, Manchester
“Switch”, Pulchri Studio, Den Haag, Netherlands
“Saatchi New Sensations”, Victoria House, London
“The Ruskin Degree Show”, The Old Power Station, Oxford
“Interim Show”, The Old Bookbinders, Oxford
“Something On At The Rag Factory”, The Rag Factory, London

Collections (selected)

Saatchi Collection, UK
Western Art Print Room Collection, Ashmolean Museum, UK
Art Jameel, UAE
Fidelity Collection, USA


2014 – 2016, Graduate Studio Award, A.P.T
2014, Short-listed, Griffin Art Prize, Griffin Gallery,
2014, WW SOLO Award, WW Gallery
2012, Short-listed, Red Mansion Art Prize
2012, The Ives Prize, The Queen’s College, Oxford
2012, The Vivien Leigh Prize, The Ashmolean Museum
2011, Short-listed, The Slingsby Prize, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford 2010, The Michel Scholarship, The Queen’s College, Oxford
2010, The Geoffrey Rhodes Prize, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford